About Jesus - Steve (Stephen) Sweetman
Every Saturday evening
as a child my mother would sit me down to help me memorize the Sunday
school Bible verse I needed to recite the next day.
Success would add another star beside my name on the classroom's
bulletin board, and I had lots of stars.
In 1969 while on our Bible quiz team I memorized much of John's
gospel. Then, at Roberts
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."
I certainly don't
discount human reasoning. Humanity
was created with the ability to think issues through to their logical
conclusion. That being said,
we often just don't get it. Much
of what God does seems completely opposite to our way of thinking.
Why did God put that
tree in the garden and then tell Adam not to eat from it?
Isn't that like a mother placing freshly baked cookies on the table
and then telling her son not to touch them?
Why did Jesus tell His apostles to go and preach the gospel knowing
that most of them would be executed in the process?
How can dead men preach? Why
did God birth the church knowing that Stephen would be stoned to death
days later? Why ruin a birth
with a death? Why was Paul
called to preach to government leaders, only to have his head sliced from
His shoulders by Emperor Nero? What
kind of calling was that? Why
did Jesus save my life at the age of six by healing me of Juvenile
Diabetes, only to leave me legally blind for seventy two years and
counting? Why not go all the
way and make my life more productive?
I sure don't have the
answers to all of our whys. Our
negatives often appear to be God's positives.
Maybe God planted that tree in the garden to prove He could love
the disobedient. Maybe the
apostles' martyrdom was a seed for church growth.
Maybe Paul's execution was his ultimate testimony to Nero,
something words could not express. So
I'm legally blind, but as many tell me, "I'm not spiritually
blind." What's more
My maybes do not answer
my whys and many of my whys are unanswerable in this life.
Isaiah 55:8 and 9 tell me that God is God and I am just plain old
me. So why worry about my whys
knowing my maybes are just maybes. I
leave it all in the hands of the One who exists way beyond my human